Darlene McCarthy

Darlene McCarthy


Work History

Work History
Jul 2012 - Present


Dale Trudeau, DDS., Thomas Fitzpatrick, DDS.,  Gary Sigafoos, DDS

General Dentistry Practice with 3 doctors.  Specializing in family dentistry.  6 Operatories, 4 Hygenists, 2 Front Office and 3 Assistants,

I am currently working full time in this office ( 35 hours per week).  This is a wonderful office with great doctors and staff.  We specialize in all areas of dentistry including Invisalign.  Cosmetics dentistry was Dr. Trudeaus  extraordinary talent.  His complex veneer cases were among the best I had ever seen.  He truly excels in this area.  

Dr. Fitzpatrick is the associate in the office and is an expert in all areas of general dentistry.  He is the dentist in our office that performs all the extractions and RCTs that our patients need along with regular fillings etc.

Dr. Sigafoos is our Periodontist that works in our office one or more days per month.  He performs Free gingival grafts, bone grafts, crown lengthening, etc.  He is an expert in his field and a delight to work with.

My duties included:

  • Direct Patient Care and Maintaining Patient Flow.
  • Room Set up
  • Sterilization and Infection Control
  • Charting
  • Impression taking, centric records and facebow
  • Retraction cord packing
  • Temporary fabrication for natural dentition and implants
  • Digital X-rays (PA's and Panorex) with the Dexis program
  • Denture/ Partial and Splint adjustments
  • Rubber Dam placement
  • Model pour up and trimming
  • Denture and partial repairs
  • Bleaching impressions and tray fabrication
  • Adjusting and Final Cementation of Crown and Bridge including Implant retained Prosthetics
  • Inventory Control and OSHA trained
  • Record Keeping
  • Skilled in front and back office
  • Knowledge with Dentrix Program
  • Back office team supervisor
Aug 1994 - Apr 2012


Gordon Gates, DDS MSD

Prosthodontic office with 5 Operatories, 1 Prosthodontists, 1 front office staff , 3 dental assistants and 1 hygienist.  The practice offers all types of crown, bridge and implant restorations, dentures, partials and fillings. We also work with many local Oral Surgeons and offer " All on 4 or 6"  immediate load same day fixed dentures.

This practice was extremely busy.  I felt very proud to have been a part of the team that assisted with such a highly respected dental professional as Dr. Gates.  I learned the most about implants at this office and the options patients have with them.  I really enjoy the patients especially.  Our patients are usually in full mouth reconstructions that cause them to be in our office multiple times before we complete the case.  Our patients become part of the family in a sense.  We know their life stories, the spouses and the kids.  We are involved in the day to day activities of their lives.  Its not unusual to get big hugs of gratitude from them when we complete their case and many times we change their lives with their new mouth.  I love that about my job.  I can't say enough good about Dr. Gates and the office I worked in and the fabulous people I worked with.  

Aug 1993 - Aug 1994


John Bishop DDS, Susan Takamoto DDS

General Dentistry office with 7 operatories, 2 General Dentists, 3 front office staff, 4-5 Assistants and 2 Hygienists.  Practice included all areas of dentistry.  Fast Paced.

This was my first experience working in a Colorado dental practice.  The doctors and staff were very friendly and warm.  I learned so much at this office about multi-tasking.  The whole team worked well together and our focus was customer service.  We pride ourselves in patient comfort and anxiety control.  The friendly atmosphere made everyone at ease right away.  

Jun 1992 - Aug 1993


Rachelle Chaikin, DDS

General Dentistry office with 4 Operatories, 1 Dentist,  2 front desk staff , 3 Dental Assistants and 2 Hygienists.

This was the most unique experience for me because it was the first time I had the opportunity to work with a female dentist.  Our patients enjoyed the gentle touch of a woman dentist and her very kind spirit.  I enjoyed learning her unique style and being part of such a special team of woman.

Nov 1984 - Jun 1992


Bruce Baumann, DDS

General Dentistry office with 7 Operatories, 3 General Dentists, 2 front desk staff, 4 Dental Assistants and 2 Hygienists. Practice offers fillings, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontal surgeries, extractions, dentures/partials, nightguards, crown and bridge, bleaching.  Fast paced office.

This office was a wonderful experience because we worked in all areas of dentistry.  I learned so much working with the various dentist associates.  Every dentist has their special technique and I was privileged to learn from some of the best in the business.  We worked very well together as a team, we became a tight knit group and still keep in touch after all these years.

Sep 1979 - Oct 1980

Dental Assistant

Frank Robinson, DDS
Aug 1994 - Jan 2009

Controller / Part time

McCarthy Homes Inc

My husband, Daniel McCarthy, and I started a custom home building company in Colorado.  We were a small company with 14 employees at our busiest years.  We also did custom home framing for our own homes and contracted out for other custom home builders.  I worked part time running the office along with working full time in the dental field.

What I really enjoyed about this position was the interaction with homeowners and helping them create the home of their dreams.  Seeing the home created from the design phase to the finished product was the most exciting challenge of running a company like this.  It was a wonderful experience.

Duties included:

  • Payroll
  • Bookkeeping, AR/AP
  • Banking and Insurance 
  • Filing/Typing
  • Computer knowledge with Word, Excel Spreadsheet, Quickbooks Pro and Quicken


Feb 1989 - Apr 1989

Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)


Expanded education in:

  • Cord retraction
  • Final impression for cast restorations
  • Endodontic Cone fitting
  • Indirect patterns for endo post and core castings
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants
  • Impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances and occlusal guards
Sep 1979 - Jun 1980

Dental Assisting

Vocational Technical School

Full time, honor roll, student in the Dental Assisting program.  First place award winner in Dental Assisting Contest for the New Jersey Association of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.


1989 - Present

Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Function (RDAEF) #AEF112

California Board of Dental Examiners